Silent Era InformationProgressive Silent Film ListLost FilmsPeopleTheaters
TaylorologyArticlesHome VideoBooksStoreSearch
Chaplin's Mutual Comedies
Silent Era Home Page  >  PSFL  >  Big Business (1929)
Progressive Silent Film List
A growing source of silent era film information.
This listing is from The Progressive Silent Film List by Carl Bennett.
Copyright © 1999-2015 by Carl Bennett and the Silent Era Company.
All Rights Reserved.

About This Listing
Report Omissions or Errors in This Listing

  Stan Laurel, Olver Hardy (center) and James Finlayson (with axe).
Photograph: Silent Era image collection.
Big Business
(1929) American
B&W : Two reels
Directed by J. Wesley Horne (James W. Horne)

Cast: Stan Laurel [a tree saleman], Oliver Hardy [a tree salesman], James Finlayson [the irate homeowner], Tiny Sanford (Stanley Sanford), Lyle Tayo

Hal Roach Studios, Incorporated, production; distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corporation. / From a screen story by Leo McCarey. Supervising director, Leo McCarey. Cinematography by George Stevens. Intertitles by H.M. Walker. Edited by Richard Currier. Presented by Hal Roach. / © 27 June 1929 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corporation [LP492]. Released 20 April 1929. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format. / The production was shot on 19-26 December 1928. / Silent film.


Synopsis: The boys are Christmas tree salesmen who eventually feud with irate homeowner Finlayson.

Survival status: Prints exist in the Library of Congress film archive [35mm positive]; in the film holdings of Film Preservation Associates [35mm positive]; and in private film collections [8mm reduction positives].

Current rights holder: (unknown)

Keywords: Accidents - Canes - Chases - Children - Crowds - Crying - Explosives: Explosions - Furnishings: Lamps - Handkerchiefs - Hats: Bowler - Houses: Awnings, Chimneys, Doorbells, Doors, Windows (Broken) - Lamp posts - Law: Enforcement: Policemen (Badges) - Mittens - Musical instruments: Pianos - Neckties - Reconciliations - Revenge - Salesmen: Door-to-door - Signage - Sob stories - Street scenes - Telephones - Tobacco: Cigars (Exploding), Pipes - Tools: Axes, Garden clippers, Garden hoses, Hammers, Scissors - Transportation: Automobiles - Trees: Christmas - USA: California - Water - Watches: Pocket - Weapons: Bombs, Knives

Listing updated: 19 August 2009.

References: Film credits, film viewing : Bohn-Light p. 105; Everson-American pp. 11, 207; Kerr-Silent pp. 333, 334, 335; Lahue-World p. 139; Shipman-Cinema p. 104; Sinyard-Silent p. 49; Skretvedt-LaurelHardy pp. 144, 145, 146-147, 435.

Home video: DVD.

Silent Era Home Page  >  PSFL  >  Big Business (1929)
Battleship Potemkin on Blu-ray Disc

The Big Parade on Blu-ray

Silent Era Ads
You Can Reach
more than 25,000
Silent Era readers
each month for less
than a dollar a day
with your
text ad here.
Advertise on
Silent Era

Wings on Blu-ray

Treasures 6 on DVD